6 Things Your Cat is Saying to You

Talking about a little
miscommunication, I want to go over some real
basic cat body language that you probably
said, oh he means this. And it is completely
in left field. The first one,
Halloween cat, right? You’ve seen it before. Cat with arched back, tail up in
the air, and making themselves totally puffed up. And we interpret
that as aggression. In reality what it is, is
pretty much the opposite. It’s fear. The cat will blow
up, sort of tough, in order to make themselves
appear bigger, because they’re afraid of something
that just happened. The second one, the old, cat
laying on his or her back, right? Now, when you see your dog
lay on his or her back, you go in for the tummy rub. Those of you who have reached
in to rub your cat’s belly, you get bit or scratched. I call this the cat hug,
because what they’re doing is exposing the most
vulnerable part of themselves, their midline. If you are facing a
potential predator, this is that place that you
do not want exposed, right? When a human hugs
another human, we are exposing our midline
to that other person. It is a mutual show of
risk-taking and emotional trust. Cats do the same thing
by showing you that. That does not mean, come
on in for a belly rub. Now let’s talk about the
big one, the wagging tail. Folks are looking at their cat
through dog-colored glasses and are saying, this
means my cat is happy. As a matter of fact, they are
usually saying the opposite. Now, cats will start
to get worked up, start to get a little agitated
to static in the environment by absorbing that energy. It’s almost like it
comes in this way, and then it gets
stuck in the tail. And then, how am I suppose to
get this energy out of my body, you know? And then, it starts
getting worse, right? And then by the time
they are ready to pounce on you or anybody, or
explode with their staticky frustration, it is like this. We talked in the past
about the miscommunication that is inherent with cat
overstimulation aggression. So that is, you’re sitting
there petting the cat– pet, pet, pet, pet, pet. Suddenly, chomp. You get bit. The other one we talked about a
little bit was play aggression. Your ankles get
attacked, but why? Because your cat wants to
play and is not getting that play attention. We’ve even talked about how
your cat can pee on the couch, for instance. You’re like, why do you hate me? An insecure cat will
pee on something to mingle their scent
with yours, as if to say, you and me, buddy,
we’re compadres, right? So whether it is Halloween
cat, whether it is the cat hug –the belly rub that
we go in for, which we shouldn’t– whether it is
the play aggression attack, the overstimulation
aggression attack, whether it is the wagging tail,
these are all ways that we can take off the
dog-colored glasses, take off the
human-colored glasses. Look at your cat through
cat-colored glasses, their motivations, what
their reality is, and you’ll spend a lot less time
misconstruing, getting angry, projecting, doing
all those dangerous things that we tend to do more
with cats than dogs for sure, but pretty
much anybody else. So that’s it for today, folks. You can find me where you
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until the next time we speak, all light, all
love, all mojo to you. Love you. THEME SONG: You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m just misunderstood. Meow.

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